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Health > Infectious Diseases
The world breathed a sigh of relief Thursday as a two-year Ebola epidemic that killed 11,000 people and triggered a global health alert was declared over, with Liberia the last country to get the all-clear.
 
The Council of Agriculture (COA) confirmed Monday Taiwan's first cases of sparrows infected with the new H5 subtype of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus.
 
Dengue fever in Kaohsiung has not slackened off this year, mainly because temperatures have spiked following a period of rainfall, Kaohsiung city government officials said Monday.
 
Health workers on Friday celebrated a key step towards eradicating the flesh-burrowing guinea worm after South Sudan, once by far the worst-affected country, recorded a massive drop in infections.
 
Giving the blood of Ebola survivors to patients didn't seem to make a difference, doctors found in the biggest study so far on the approach, prompting some scientists to say it's time to abandon the strategy.
 
As doctors struggled to treat growing numbers of patients during the Ebola crisis in West Africa, the shortage of one helpful drug may have led to the discovery of a better one.
 
Out of a total of 37 districts in Tainan, the city declared Saturday that 21 have been free from dengue fever infections at a time when the impact resulting from the mosquito-borne disease has been fading.
 
Taiwan has raised a travel advisory for Shanghai and Jiangxi Province by one level after two H7N9 avian flu cases were reported there, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Saturday.
 
Tainan recorded no new dengue fever cases Friday, the second day in three days in which the southern city reported zero new infections, according to statistics released by the health authorities in the city Saturday.
 
More than 20,000 people in Taiwan die from cigarette smoking every year, said the Ministry of Health and Welfare, warning that smoking is also highly linked to drug abuse among youngsters.
 
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